One tucked away element of the government’s consultation to improve the house buying process caught attention this week.
The possibility of government banning referral fees paid between estate agents and brokers for clients shook much of the broker community and prompted strong opinions.
Another fierce debate took place on the issue of being directly authorised or an appointed representative, with many reader comments outlining other positives and negatives.
And with concerns about certain areas seeing a housing bubble formed, experts gave their views on whether a house price crash was a realistic possibility.
Government mulls ban on estate agent to broker referral fees
Is a house price crash imminent? – Marketwatch
DA vs AR: Why networks add real value – Personal Touch
DA vs AR: The DA dark side may be lighter than you think – London Money
FCA confirms Paragon, Mortgage Express and Blemain most-complained-about lenders
BoE interest rate hike likely as GDP grows 0.4%
Brokers predict £260bn mortgage market in 2018
Will artificial intelligence ever replace the knowledge, eyes and ears of an adviser? – Brodnicki
Treasury keen to include rental payments on UK credit profiles
Mortgage brokers call on FCA to cap second charge fees
Owain Thomas is Features and Contributing Editor at Mortgage Solutions. He has previously covered the protection and mortgage industry, more recently he edited Workplace Savings and Benefits, and HRD Connect.
Owain won the Financial Healthcare Journalist of the Year (B2B) at the Headline Money Awards in 2014 and 2016. He also won the Protection Review's Journalist of the Year award in 2012.